Trailing late in the second set following an unforced error, the Redondo boys volleyball team went back to basics against Palos Verdes in Tuesday's Bay League showdown.
"We started making some careless errors, and we didn't have great team energy," Redondo's Rees Barnett said. "Winning the second set helped us come out strong in the third."
Redondo rallied back to win the second set before sweeping PV 25-18, 26-24, 25-16.
PV took a 22-19 lead in the second following Kyle Cross' kill followed by a Sea Hawk unforced error.
But Redondo (9-1, 2-0) didn't let PV get too far ahead. Barnett recorded kills on consecutive points before Barnett's ace tied the set at 23. Barnett finished with seven kills and two aces.
The Sea Hawks jumped up following a PV unforced error before sealing the set on Matt Iamaleava's punch-kill.
"I thought a big key to winning this match was our ability to remain resilient," said Iamaleava, who finished with seven kills and a block. "Being able to stay together, even when we were down to come back in the second was huge."
PV (10-6, 0-2) had its chances to take the second set and keep pace with Redondo, but unforced errors proved to be too much to overcome for the Sea Kings. PV committed 20 unforced errors, including eight in the opening set.
"We didn't play to our capabilities (Tuesday)," PV coach Patrick Lynch said. "We just can't make mistakes, and when you do, it kills your momentum."
The Sea Kings got key points from Max Kelly, who finished with 11 kills and two blocks.
"Max has been playing like that all year," Lynch said. "He brings a lot of energy to the court."
But PV was unable to get much consistency against Redondo, who is ranked No. 2 in the most recent CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll.
"We knew we needed to focus on (PV's) passing - they start three libero's," Iamaleava said.
With the match in its rear-view mirror, Redondo left for Hawaii early Wednesday morning to compete in the Hawaii Boys Volleyball Invitational at Iolani High School on Oahu.
"Having swept PV, it's a good note to leave on heading into Hawaii," Barnett said. "Hopefully we'll be able to carry some momentum and energy into the future and keep playing as a team."
Not looking too far into the future, the Sea Hawks know how important the Hawaii trip is to the fate of its season.
"If we're able to be consistent, (the tournament) can help us down the road in CIF," Iamaleava said. "We have to put in the same amount of work and dedication into each play."